With the Christmas festivities all done & dusted, the mountain of ironing attacked (& very nearly subdued !) and the decorations safely stowed back in the roof, there was finally some time to myself on my last day off of the New Year break to let a bit of creativity back into my life !
I have nearly finished my Christmas Journal - just a couple last entries to print out & stick in - I like to finish mine on New Year's Day as by that time I am ready to move on to new creative adventures !
And Friday I had a major blitz of tidying all the "stuff" that had been dumped on my desk whilst I was too busy to even take a seat there !
I have started a new Journal which I have called "Create 2012" - I'm hoping that this will be a place for creative experiments - somewhere to plan projects, make notes & collect ideas that I can dip back into when I'm having a "blank page /blank mind" day !! I don't intend it will replace my current rather battered (& by now rather treasured !) Art Journal but that they will work together, interplaying between the two.
I have also created a "Book of Days" - I have seen these on other girls blogs - each month has its own decorated page with little squares for each days to add a note or a doodle.
I have January all laid out with the background page mostly done & the squares glued in - theses are recycled from pages I made by smudging leftover inks on them at last Summer's Artsycrafty weekend ! See - you never know when something will come in handy !!
Rich had a selection box of mustard's for Christmas - they came in an intriguingly triangular shaped box - which was just calling out to me to be altered !! So today it got a couple of layers of gesso & I am waiting for it to tell me what it wants to be !!
I have also been playing about adding layers to my Lynne Perrella inspired Woman icon style canvas - still sticking with the duck egg blue & eggshell but now trying to add texture & depth.
So, I am hoping for a year of creative endeavours ahead - maybe a few hours a week happily covered in paint & ink will help keep the gloom of the world's economies unravelling & the consequent austerity measures - and the endless Welsh rain - at bay & out of mind !!
Here's to a Happy Creative New Year !